First lady to Michael Sam: 'We couldn't be prouder of your courage'

Michael Sam gets support from Michelle Obama after announcing he is gay

Michael Sam has been receiving a lot of support from the sporting world, and now the White House has weighed in.

Kevin C. Cox

Missouri defensive lineman and NFL hopeful Michael Sam has been receiving an outpouring of supportive messages from the sporting world since coming out Sunday as an "openly, proud gay man."

But its not just athletes and sporting figures who are weighing in. Early Monday morning, Sam got an encouraging tweet from the White House, courtesy of first lady Michelle Obama:

It's not the first time an Obama family member has voiced support for a gay athlete. Last year, when NBA veteran Jason Collins announced he was gay, President Obama himself addressed the issue in remarks during a news conference, calling Collins a role model.

"I had a chance to talk to (Collins) ... he seems like a terrific young man. I told him I couldn't be prouder of him," the president said:

Collins, too, tweeted supportive words for Sam:


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